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A surging Bernie Sanders gets warm reception in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- For anybody who thinks Senator Bernie Sanders is just some cranky old socialist out of Vermont… think again.

His message is clearly striking a chord with voters, especially in the north. The question now is can he sell it in the South?

He arrived in Atlanta Friday for the first step in that mission.

"Congratulations!" he told the roaring crowd of more than a thousand gathered at 200 Peachtree Street. "Whether you know it or not, you are now part of the political revolution!"

Deafening cheers erupted immediately. Mostly because Sanders was preaching to the choir; a crowd hungry to see the Democratic underdog, who's now the top dog, at least in some of the early polling.

"If we do not let our opponents divide us up by race or where we were born or whether we're gay or straight… when we stand together there is nothing that we cannot accomplish!"



One Alabama city is now considering banning mini-skirts and short shorts

After first proposing an ordinance banning saggy pants, the Dadeville City Council is now considering banning short shorts and mini-skirts.

Dadeville City Councilwoman Stephanie Kelley said it shouldn't just be men who are singled out on their attire.

"My concern is it should be for everybody," Kelley said during Tuesday's council meeting, the Alex City Outlook reported. "I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like under garments and dresses so short, I don't want us to be showing favoritism."


This is a city?

Dadeville City Hall

Looks like a repurposed Dennys….

One good thing about Donald Trump's campaign: it's ruining Jeb Bush's

by Trevor Timm

There are many, many reasons to abhor Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but there’s at least one reason to appreciate it, for now: his constant and merciless trolling of Jeb Bush that is currently tanking Bush’s shot at the presidency. In some sense, Trump is doing democracy a service by helping ensure we will not have to suffer the embarrassment of having a third Bush family member as president within two decades.

Trump’s penchant for insulting anyone in his path is now well-known (and often deplorable and sexist), though most candidates usually have to deliberately poke the bear for Trump to engage in his usual charade. But just about every day, Trump will go after Jeb unprompted – whether on Twitter or at campaign events or in interviews with journalists – with a voracity virtually never seen in primary politics. Oftentimes it’s substantive and other times it’s not, but it’s almost always delightful to watch.

Trump will attack Jeb for his support for the Iraq War, but if Bush lightly criticizes George W Bush, Trump questions why he would throw his brother under the bus. Trump attacks Jeb for his record in Florida, rips him for his $1.3m “no show job” at Lehman Brothers after he left the governorship. He calls Jeb out for being “100% CONTROLLED” by his wealthy donors, and when a few donors recently left Jeb’s campaign, Trump made fun of him for that too.

But it’s repetition of his now infamous and nebulous phrase – that Bush is a “low-energy guy” who could not handle the rigors of the presidency – that has become a daily occurrence and clearly gotten under Bush’s skin. Trump is constantly finding new ways to say it or sneaking it into statements, even those that aren’t targeted at Bush himself.



Charles Pierce unloads on the Idiots

Some of this stuff is hard to believe.

Honest to god, in just a couple of days, we all were walked through Grand Rounds in the public wards containing people most seriously ill with the prion disease that afflicts the Republican Party and that is eating steadily away at the party's higher cognitive functions. These are cases that one day will appear in medical textbooks with the names of the patients blacked out. S.W., for one. And M.H. And, especially P. D of the N.

Let us begin with S.W., the g-e h hired by Koch Industries to manage their Midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. Once highly touted by skeevy old bloggers as a real threat for the Republican nomination, S.W. has run a campaign that is a perfect reflection of the candidate himself – slow-witted, dumb as a sack of hair, and dull as a medieval butter-knife. He was asked the other day about what he would do, if he were president, about the refugee crisis exploding out of the Middle East. This is what the putative leader of the free world said.

"I'm not president today, and I can't be president today. Everybody wants to talk about hypotheticals; there is no such thing as a hypothetical."

Aristotle wept.

Next up is M.H., a Bible-banging god-bothering loon who once was considered likable by people desperate for friends. As part of his doomed and useless campaign for president, he has thrown himself headlong into the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky layabout. This is what the putative commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States said.

"I've been just drilled by TV hosts over the past week, 'How dare you say that, uh, it's not the law of the land?'" Huckabee said. "Because that's their phrase, 'it's the law of the land.' Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that black people aren't fully human. Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?"

And our old pal Clio, Muse of History, also known by her Marvel superhero name The Proclaimer (!), waits patiently on her doorstep, a gallon jug of Quaaludes in one hand while a tanker truck full of Virginia Gentleman pulls slowly into her driveway.



Texas Attorney General trying to stop lesbian inheriting her late partner’s estate

The Texas Attorney General has filed a motion in an attempt to stop a woman from inheriting any of her late partner’s estate.

This came just a day after Attorney General Ken Paxton pledged to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of same-sex marriage.

Paxton filed a motion on 25 August, in an attempt to block Sonemaly Phrasavath from inheriting any portion of her late partner Stella Powell’s estate.

Powell died in 2014 without a will, and her siblings set out to exclude Phrasavath from inheriting any of the estate, despite that the couple had been together for eight years.

Phrasavath has since appealed to have the relationship recognised retroactively as a common law marriage.



New Board of Regents members confirmed, all are former Brownback donors

The state Senate Oversight Committee approved three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday, including Manhattanite Dennis Mullin, Dr. Daniel J. Thomas, DDS and Dave Murfin, chief executive of Murfin, Inc.

Of the three men, only Thomas holds a postgraduate degree. They join the existing six Board of Regents members, three of whom are attorneys and two former elected officials. Only one member of the board, Blake Flanders, holds a degree in an education related field.

The board is responsible for governing the six state universities, including approval of tuition increases and establishing standards and rules.

According to state records, all three new members contributed to Brownback’s previous campaigns. Mullin donated $1,000 to Gov. Sam Brownback’s reelection campaign in 2013 while Murfin contributed $2,000 to the campaign the same year. The most contributions came from Thomas, a dentist from the Kansas City metro area.



Weekend Toon Roundup 2: The Rest

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